Monday, November 11, 2013

Oh Yeah, This Part

NaNoWriMo Week Two: suddenly I don't buy my own premise, I despise my main character, I find the villains more pathetic and annoying than truly villainous, and I generally want to throw in the towel.

On the other hand, one should never go anywhere without one's towel.

'Tis a predicament.


Robert Z. said...

Oh. I hear you. Here's the thing, though. Why do you need your villains to be, y'know, villainous? Some of the most evil people I have ever known in real life were villainous precisely because they were petty, annoying, pathetic, small-minded. Sad. And maybe your main character IS despicable. Lean into it. You are at the stage where the only way to stay in control is to surrender, Dorothy.

(Guess where I am with my Nano novel. One of my main characters just turned out to be the figment of my narrator's addled imagination. I knew my narrator was addled but, wow. I'm seriously thinking of just opening a bottle of wine and binge-streaming a bunch of TV shows on Netflix.)

Richard P said...

Sounds like a good opportunity to turn your main character into the villain of the tale!

Little Flower Petals said...

He's already pathetic and annoying, so...he's in the same ballpark as any other bad guys.

He's kind of on the outs with his wife, and right now, I'm having a hard time getting what she ever saw in him to begin with. Spineless loser.

I may have to go back and do a how-they-met so I can rekindle...something.

Little Flower Petals said...

Well, this morning--after reluctantly pushing on through the sludge last night--I feel better. Yes, my main character isn't what I wish he was, but since this story is in part about growth, I guess that's not altogether a bad thing. And it means I get to slap him around, which may be fun.

Tonight, we forge ahead. With chocolate.

Michael Clemens said...

Chocolate makes it all better. And if that doesn't work, stalk your MC with a ninja assassin.

clacketyclink said...

I don't know, it sounds like your MC is a real hoopy frood

Little Flower Petals said...